The Ma Laboratory │ Wake Forest school of Medicine

Medical Center Boulevard │Winston-Salem, NC 27157

tma@wakehealth.edu│ 336.716.4981

Tao Ma, MD, PhD

Principal Investigator

Associate Professor

Dr. Ma received his MD in China and his PhD in Neuroscience from Mount Sinai School of Medicine at New York in 2008, working with Drs. Robert Blitzer and Emmanuel Landau. From 2008-2010, he was a postdoctoral research fellow with Dr. Gunnar Gouras in the Department of Neurology and Neuroscience at Weill Cornell Medical College of Cornell University. From 2010 and 2014, he was an Assistant Research Scientist followed by Research Assistant Professor at the New York University Center for Neural Science, laboratory of Dr. Eric Klann. Since 2014, Dr. Ma has been a tenure-track assistant professor at Wake Forest University School of Medicine (NC, USA), Department of Internal Medicine-Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine.   Dr. Ma is a neuroscientist with specialization in learning, memory, and synaptic plasticity. His research focuses on novel molecular mechanisms underlying pathophysiology of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and subsequently to identify potential therapeutic targets or biomarkers for AD and other aging-related cognitive impairments. His original research findings on molecular mechanisms in AD have been published in many high-profile peer-reviewed journals including “The journal of Neuroscience” and “Nature Neuroscience”, and garnered international attention.   Dr. Ma has won numerous awards. He is a recipient and principal investigator of National Institute of Health/National Institute of Aging K99/R00 research grant, two R01 research grants, and the Alzheimer’s Association New Investigator award. He also serves as principal investigator of a research grant from the BrightFocus Foundation. Currently he is associate editor of “Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease”. He is a member of “Society for Neuroscience” and “New York Academy of Science”.

Antoine (Dibs) Almonte, MPH, PhD 

Research Assistant Professor

Wenzhong Yang, MD, PhD

Research Fellow

Qian Yang, PhD

Research Fellow

Helena Zimmermann

PhD student

Neuroscience

Nicole Kasica

PhD student

Neuroscience

Xin Wang

PhD student

Neuroscience

Saahj Gosrani

 MS student

Neuroscience

Hannah Jester

 MS student

Neuroscience

Caroline Holland

 Undergraduate student

Wake Forest University

Jennifer Stern

Undergraduate student

Wake Forest Universtiy

Elizabeth Koscielniak

Undergraduate student

Wake Forest Universtiy

Xueyan (Sherry) Zhou, MD, MS

Lab manager